Old Clothes Make Great Scarves

Since writing about turning  my old concert t-shirts into throw pillows, my imagination has been in overdrive finding different uses for unwanted clothes. This week I decided to use old clothes to make a quilted scarf, perfect for the cold-weather Greenistas out there!

I have a bit of an obsession with quilts. I love the idea of taking different colors and patterns and putting them together to make something totally unique. For this scarf, I collected leftover fabrics from sewing projects, old flannel shirts and scarves, and matched them up to make this block pattern scarf.

Things you’ll need:

  • Fabric: long backing piece, about 60X8 inches
  • Fabric: seven 8-inch squares to build the blocked quilt pieces
  • Measuring tape
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (Optional)


  • Line up your square blocks in a row, alternating the fabric by color and pattern. Be creative!
  • Pin the right sides of the square edges together. Hand stitch or sew them using a quarter inch seam allowance.
  • Arrange the scarf so the blocks are facing up, and place the backing fabric over it so the right sides match.
  • Pin them together and hand stitch or sew the 2 long sides and one short side together. Again, use a quarter inch seam allowance.
  • Flip the quilt right side out and hand stitch the last short side closed.

Some variations on this simple pattern:

  • Use several long pieces of fabric length-wise to create a striped scarf.
  • Stitch together two 60X8-inch fabrics to make a “reversible” scarf instead of a quilted one.
  • Be creative with the size and shape of the block pieces. Use a mixture of rectangles, triangles and squares for blocks.
  • Use 2 or more rows of blocks to make a wider scarf.

If you decide to make a scarf using these directions, we would love to see the results. Send us a picture and we’ll make sure to post it.

And if any Greenistas have other ideas for using up old clothes, email us!

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2 Responses to “Old Clothes Make Great Scarves”

  1. panama says:

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